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Remembering Ouimet: Timeline

Francis Ouimet
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Significant dates in the life of Francis Ouimet:

May 8, 1893 – Born in Brookline, Mass., to Arthur and Mary Ellen Ouimet, second of their four children.

1900 – At age 7, watches Harry Vardon, on a promotional tour of the U.S., hit balls at Jordan, Marsh & Co. department store in Boston.

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1902 – Begins caddying at The Country Club at age 9.

1909 – Stops caddying before 16th birthday to preserve amateur status.

1909 – Earns first tournament win, capturing Greater Boston Interscholastic Championship.

1910 – U.S. Amateur is played at The Country Club. In 36-hole qualifier, Ouimet misses cut by one shot.

1910 – Plays in The Country Club's annual tournament. Shoots 76, which ties for medalist honors, then wins playoff to become official medalist. Loses in first round of match play, 2 and 1.

1911 – Reaches second round of Mass. Amateur.

1911 – Enters U.S. Amateur for second time, fails to qualify by one stroke.

1912 – Reaches final of Mass. Amateur.

Francis Ouimet in 1910

1912 – Enters U.S. Amateur for third time, again fails to qualify by one stroke.

June 1913 – Wins Mass. Amateur, taking semifinal match with six consecutive birdies and winning final, 10 and 9.

First week of September 1913 – Enters U.S. Amateur for fourth time. Qualifies with 75-76, missing medalist honors by three shots. Wins first-round match, 4 and 3, then despite playing well, loses to defending champion Jerry Travers, 3 and 2.

Sept. 20, 1913 – After being entered in U.S. Open without his knowledge, wins championship, beating Englishmen Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in an 18-hole playoff.

1914 – Wins U.S. Amateur, becoming first American to win a U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur. Defends his U.S. Open title, tying for fifth.

1915 – Starts own sporting-goods store. USGA strips his amateur eligibility, ruling that anyone who sells golf equipment for a living cannot be an amateur.

1916 – Attends first meeting of newly formed PGA of America.

1917 – Joins U.S. Army, performing in fund-raising golf outings during World War I.

1918 – Marries Stella Sullivan, sister of his business partner and former schoolboy golf rival. Is presented with American Red Cross Prize Medal “in recognition of aid to humanity in World War I.”

1919 – USGA reinstates Ouimet's amateur status.

1920 – Runner-up to Chick Evans in U.S. Amateur, beating Bobby Jones in earlier round.

1922-30 – Plays in first six Walker Cups between U.S. and Great Britain & Ireland.

1923 – On the 10th anniversary of his 1913 Open win, plays in his third Open. Ties for 29th.

1925 – Wins sixth and final Mass. Amateur. Enters his last U.S. Open, leading field after first round and eventually tying for third, one shot out of two-man playoff.

1926 – Loses to Bobby Jones in semifinals of U.S. Amateur.

1927 – Again loses to Bobby Jones in semifinals of U.S. Amateur.

1929 – Reaches semifinals of U.S. Amateur.

1931 – Wins second U.S. Amateur. Named president of Boston Bruins.

1932 – Reaches semifinals of U.S. Amateur. Is principal speaker at 50th anniversary of The Country Club. Publishes autobiography, 'A Game of Golf.'

1932, '34 – Playing-captain of U.S. Walker Cup team.

1936, '38 – Nonplaying captain of U.S. Walker Cup teams.

March 20, 1937 – Harry Vardon dies at age 66

1940 – Joins Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen and Walter Hagen as one of four original members of PGA Golf Hall of Fame.

1940-47 – Serves as USGA committeeman, vice president of organization during last two years. Declines opportunity to become president.

1941 – Becomes vice president of Boston (now Atlanta) Braves baseball team.

Aug. 26, 1943 – Ted Ray dies at age 66.

1947 – Nonplaying captain of U.S. Walker Cup team.

1949 – Francis Ouimet Caddie Scholarship Fund is organized. Captains final U.S. Walker Cup team.

Francis Ouimet and 1963 U.S. Open winner Julius Boros

1951 – Becomes first American to be named captain of Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.

1953 – The Country Club names him honorary member for life.

1963 – Serves as honorary chairman of U.S. Open, played at The Country Club on 50th anniversary of 1913 win. Presents trophy to winner Julius Boros (right).

1965 – Stella Ouimet dies.

Sept. 2, 1967 – Francis Ouimet dies at age 74 after suffering heart attack.

1974 – Joins Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen and Walter Hagen as one of four original members of PGA/World Golf Hall of Fame.

1980 – Members of The Country Club donate trophy named after Ouimet to USGA for Senior Open Championship.

May 4, 1984 – Ouimet's 1913 Open caddie, Eddie Lowery, dies at age 81.

1988 – U.S. Postal Service isues a Ouimet commemorative $.25 stamp. Only other golfers to be so honored were Bobby Jones and Babe Zaharias (Arnold Palmer became fourth golfer). Curtis Strange wins Open at The Country Club.

1995 – USGA chooses silhouettes of Ouimet and Lowery as its centennial celebration logo.

July 19, 1999 – Statue of Ouimet and Lowery is dedicated at The Country Club.

Sept. 24-26, 1999 – 33rd Ryder Cup Matches are held at The Country Club. U.S. stages record rally from four points down going into singles to win. Clinching putt is made by Justin Leonard on 17th green. U.S. captain Ben Crenshaw says he believes Ouimet's spirit guided Leonard's lengthy putt into cup.

2002 – Mark Frost's definitive book about Ouimet, 'The Greatest Game Ever Played,' is published.

2005 – Frost's book is made into a movie. Shia LaBeouf plays Ouimet.

2013 – 100th anniversary of Ouimet's win.

Aug. 12-18, 2013 – U.S. Amateur to be held at The Country Club.